Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

International News

Sex Education Debate Heats Up in Philippines

June 22, 2010

A UN-backed sex education program that covers reproductive health and STDs is being piloted in the Philippines this month, over the objections of the Roman Catholic Church and some conservative political groups.

"Issues that are not for children should not be taught in schools," the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines said in a statement. More than 80 percent of the Philippines' 90 million people are Catholic.

The UN, which has partially underwritten the program, rejected the church's position in a statement issued last week.

Advertisement
The conservative political party Ang Kapatiran ("The Brotherhood") and the Catholic Church have petitioned the court to stop the program.

"Sex education is not the answer to our population problem and poverty. It promotes promiscuity among children. It does not promote the proper values that we want our children to receive in schools, and we believe sex education should strictly remain a family affair," said Eric Manalang, Ang Kapatiran's chief.

Education officials said the program is needed to address the nation's poverty -- about one-third of Filipinos live on less than $1 per day, and the population is growing at about two percent per year. In addition, HIV is rising among the nation's youth, UN Population Fund Philippine Director Suneeta Mukherjee said.

"We are not encouraging people, or children to have sexual relationships, we are only helping students handle their sexuality as part of the process of growing up. We just want the children to make responsible decisions," Mukherjee said.

Back to other news for June 2010

Adapted from:
Agence France Presse
06.21.2010


  
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
See Also
More on the Philippines and HIV/AIDS

No comments have been made.
 

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:


Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining:

Tools
 

Advertisement